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Driver's license

Author: Meredith Castile
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2015.
Series: Object lessons.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A classic teenage fetish object, the American driver's license has long symbolized freedom and mobility in a nation whose design assumes car travel and whose vastness rivals continents. It is youth's pass to regulated vice--cigarettes, bars, tattoo parlors, casinos, strip joints, music venues, guns. In its more recent history, the license has become increasingly associated with freedom's flipside: screening. The
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meredith Castile
ISBN: 9781628929133 1628929138
OCLC Number: 894491494
Description: 154 pages ; 17 cm.
Contents: America --
Fake --
Design --
Teen --
Identity --
Civics.
Series Title: Object lessons.
Responsibility: Meredith Castile.

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"A classic teenage fetish object, the American driver's license has long symbolized freedom and mobility in a nation whose design assumes car travel and whose vastness rivals continents. It is youth's pass to regulated vice--cigarettes, bars, tattoo parlors, casinos, strip joints, music venues, guns. In its more recent history, the license has become increasingly associated with freedom's flipside: screening. The airport's heightened security checkpoint. Controversial ID voting laws. Federally mandated, anti-terrorist driver's license re-designs. The driver's license encapsulates the contradictory values and practices of contemporary American culture--freedom and security, mobility and checkpoints, self-definition and standardization, democracy and exclusion, superficiality and intimacy, the stable self and the self in flux"--

"A lively exploration of how the driver's license encapsulates the contradictory values of contemporary culture and identity, and especially freedom and security, mobility and restriction"--

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Ranging across the 20th century and between continents, Castile teaches a fundamental 'lesson' about the license: what's meant to fix an identity in fact generates competing meanings and values. Read more...

 
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